FAO, Iran launch e-mastering course on dryland administration

TEHRAN – The Food items and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has launched a new e-understanding program that will inspire practitioners to champion transformational dryland forest management tactics in shut cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture Jahad of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The class was formally launched at a significant-degree occasion on Wednesday, March 29, with the participation of Dr. Abbas Ali Nobakht, Iranian Deputy Minister and Head of the Organic Resources and Watershed Management Corporation.

The e-Mastering platform is entitled “The Reworking Dryland Forests and Agrosilvopastoral Units: An technique to maintain and establish foodstuff generation in drylands underneath change”.

Spearheaded by the Committee on Forestry Performing Team on Dryland Forests and Agrosilvopastoral Programs (COFO WG), the course was produced through the joint initiatives and abilities of the Purely natural Sources and Watershed Management Firm of the Ministry of Agriculture Jahad of the Islamic Republic of Iran and 15 other companions.

“A company-as-normal tactic is no for a longer period an alternative for a food stuff-protected long run, but there is a large gap amongst awareness and potential to put into action sustainable dryland administration interventions,” said FAO Forestry Officer Fidaa F. Haddad. “This e-learning training course focuses on agrosilvopastoral units as a option, using both of those dryland trees and livestock in a mutually helpful process.”

“When correctly implemented, agrosilvopastoral techniques can ensure the sustainability of food items generation and livelihoods in these locations, whilst alleviating poverty and lessening the danger of conflict and disasters,” continued Haddad.

Nobakht, in his opening remarks, introduced the joint undertaking of “Rehabilitation of Forest Landscapes and Degraded Land” and presented a report of its achievements.

“It has been carried out in two provinces of Kerman and South Khorasan due to the fact 2011. In addition to concentrating on the regulate of vital wind erosion hotspots through security, restoration, and vegetation enhancement, by an ground breaking strategy, it has also enhanced the economic and residing problems of the affected communities as one of the drivers of land degradation,” Nobakht stated.

He went on to observe that a total bundle was executed including advertising and vocational instruction, payment of amenities, creation of cooperative buildings these as the development of cooperatives, creation, and internet marketing chains, and the villagers as the rural enhancement committees and area communities benefited from the immediate rewards of purely natural useful resource solutions and the job inputs and afforestation initiatives.

Somewhere else in his remarks, Nobakht announced that the Ministry of Agriculture Jahad has made a strategy to plant one billion saplings above a 4-year period with the purpose of combating desertification and reforestation by means of a participatory approach, highlighting the significance of environmental safety, combating desertification and land degradation in the country’s regulations.

“Currently, community participation in purely natural assets things to do is on our agenda as a strategic objective and has been prolonged to several natural assets management strategies,” he emphasized.

He even more expressed readiness to share thriving encounters of sustainable land administration with other international locations.

During the occasion, Dr. Vahid Jafarian and Dr. Mohsen Abdolhoseini shared Iran’s achievements and lessons uncovered as a result of the Rehabilitation of Forest Landscapes and Degraded Land with Unique Consideration to Saline Soils and Areas Susceptible to Wind Erosion Undertaking (RFLDL) jointly implemented by FAO and federal government of Iran funded by the World Surroundings Facility.

Reworking the administration of dryland forests

The e-learning course is now obtainable absolutely free on the FAO e-learning Academy platform. It targets method and task supervisors, subject practitioners, policymakers, and everyone fascinated in the sustainable growth of drylands.

By five online lessons, the course will establish the competencies desired to remodel the way practitioners handle dryland forests, with a aim on increasing sustainability although retaining the benefits of other interventions. The program can take close to five hours to full and after a ultimate test, members will be awarded a certificate.